Podcast for America on the first Republican primary, whether candidates should engage directly with Trump, and whether liberals will even be paying attention.

Let’s Talk Strategy for Thursday’s Republican Debate

Let’s Talk Strategy for Thursday’s Republican Debate

The crazed culture of politics.
Aug. 4 2015 12:55 PM

Republican Debate Pregame Show

Everything you need to know before the big night.

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Podcast for America is your inside look at the giant disco party that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts are Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for New York Times Magazine, and Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner, with guest Stuart Stevens, former Romney strategist and columnist with the Daily Beast.

This week, the lead-up to the first Republican primary debate. We discuss what you can expect to hear from the podium and whether Donald Trump will dominate the limelight. Next, we look at who’s not in the ring and whether there’s hope for candidates offstage. Lastly, should Democrats even be paying attention?

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town.

Stuart Stevens is the former chief strategist of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He currently writes for the Daily Beast and is the author of Scorched Earth: A Political Love Story.

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner.